Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Carnival of HR: Post-Election Reflection

Happy post-election, HR friends and welcome the end of a tumultuous year! What better way to finish things up than some Carnival of HR, bringing you the best of the HR blogging community.  And while there was not a theme for submission I can't help but feel like one emerged from out of nowhere into existence... similar to how Trump emerged and won this election. 
Starting with Kasey Fleisher Hickey from Allay who writes about 3 Important HR Decisions You Need to Make, Right Away. It seems Trump is making some "big league" decisions right now and will be making many more in the next four years.
From Jennifer Miller at The People Equation she writes about a topic I know all too well: Why Silence at Work is a Good Thing—For Introverts and Extroverts Alike. Will Trump remain silent on Twitter and use it as a time of meditation and reflection as Jennifer suggest, not likely! 
Obama's term in presidency is coming to an end, so from Stuart Rudner with Rudner MacDonald LLP we have The Latest Chapter in Employment Law: Termination Clause Saga Continues. Stuart warns about termination clauses and gives key advice on how to deal with with it delicately. 
And last but certainly not least, as Obama waves goodbye, Naomi Bloom join us from her blog In Full Bloom (I love a good pun) and discusses her retirement  and what comes next after a lengthy career in HR Technology: After A Half Century — “So Long And Thanks For All The Fish”.
Thanks to all who submitted and see you at the next Carnival!  

Monday, July 4, 2016

#truNOLA: The Recruitment UNconference

Do you hate name tags? 
Dislike concurrent sessions that don't give any real actionable items? 
Want to talk about recruitment and talent but loathe PowerPoint presentations?

Then come to the #Tru Recruitment UNConference in New Orleans, Louisiana on Monday July 18, 2016. It's a "unique informal event that encourages you to listen, share, ask and learn." Choose a track that interests you and participate in a round-table-like discussion. Take a look at the agenda, but make sure you attend "Laying Sod: Let’s Talk Developing and Recruiting Tomorrow’s Labor" cause I hear that track is the bomb. The founder of this event, Bill Boorman, will be there! 

  • July 18th @10am at The Irish House
  • Cost $18. Lunch is included.
  • Wraps up with #truDrinks as all UNconferences should
You can register here. And learn more about #tru here.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

You are a unicorn… and so is everyone else.

Listen up, people.
You are unique. And different. And there’s only one of you. Your DNA. Your neurons. The people you meet. The interactions you have — big and small. They are all yours. Your entirety of you is irreplaceable.
You’re a unicorn… except when trying to find a job.
Gasps filled the air at my last presentation on Getting Hired. A group full of techy job seekers hated it when I said “If you don’t have a picture at your Linked In, I’m not even looking at you.” Or when I told them the average length a resume is reviewed is 8 seconds I could feel their disgust rise.
Getting a job is a game, and you have to know the rules.
And before I get comments about how it shouldn’t be that way, and how we should have more genuine processes, lemme stop ya: I agree.
  • I agree that it sucks to have to review 500 resumes that all look the same cause job seekers don’t take the time to create something innovative and fresh.
  • I agree that it sucks that there’s the perfect person to fit a role needed but they get missed because they didn’t have a professional twitter and the other candidate did.
  • I agree that our current methodology of hiring encourages everyone to “stand out” or “be unique” which means that no one is.
I’d rather no resumes, no applications, face-to-face lunch meetings and make the process more personal and authentic. I’d love to have more time to do that. If I could hire more recruiters to operate my organization this way, I would. It’s a great dream, but it‘s not how most places operate.
For entry level positions a hiring manager may get hundreds of resumes and applications. They have to whittle that down to a handful. Recruiting is all about filling that spot as quickly and effectively as possible.
Remember that the amount of effort put in to finding that perfect job is all on you. Scoff all you want at the amount of work you have to do to catch my eye, but when push comes to shove, I have the job and you want it. The onus is on you to impress me.
Those who put in extra time into details, expanding their reach, and make themselves enticing, get more views and eventually get hired. That’s just the truth.
Does that seem disheartening? It should.
But it’s all good; you’re still a unicorn.